Ashburton District Council has adopted its 2016/17 Annual Plan which includes a lower than projected rate increase for the coming financial year.
The overall rate requirement Council needs to fund its work programme will increase by 3.3 per cent, which is lower than the projected rate increase of 4.5 per cent for the year in the 2015-25 Long Term Plan.
Ashburton District Council Mayor Angus McKay says he is pleased Council was able to lower the rate increase, and that it remains committed to providing a high level of service to ratepayers.
"The results from our Annual Residents' Survey released last month showed that people were happy overall with
the performance of Council, and we intend to improve this level of satisfaction even further over the coming year,"
Mr McKay said consultation on the Annual Plan 2016/17 occurred between 15 April – 15 May 2016 and a total of 56 submissions were received. He added the work programme and budget outlined in the plan reflect what is needed to cater to Ashburton District's changing community.
The Annual Plan 2016/17 covers year two of Council's Long Term Plan 2015-25, and includes detailed and final budget information, work programmes and the fees and charges schedule for the 2016/17 financial year. The Annual Plan also provides explanations for any significant variances to the information provided in the Long Term Plan for the 2016/17 year.